What are the meals and nutrients standards?
Eating in school should be a pleasurable experience: time spent sharing good food with peers and teachers. These school’s food standards are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day. It is just as important to cook food that looks good and tastes delicious; to talk to children about what is on offer and recommend dishes; and, to serve the food in a pleasant environment where they can eat with their friends.
And there are many hidden benefits to a good food culture. When children sit down to eat with friends and teachers in a civilized environment, it cements relationships, helps them to develop social skills and reinforces positive behavior throughout the day. Lunch is an integral part of the school day and should be one of the most enjoyable. We want children to leave school with an appreciation of good food, and the skills they need to feed themselves affordably and well. This will have a snowball effect: a generation of confident cooks will pass on those skills to their own children, enhancing improving food culture. (that’s why we put cooking in the curriculum)
School provides breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack to the students.
Based on the Realising Children’s Right to Adequate Nutrition of UNICEF in 2008, Kinder Academy International Preschool creates the School Food Plan with the two main principles:
- Encourage & Support the breastfeeding
- Promote Healthy Diets & Physical Activities.
We commit that all the food used in school are:
- Labeling requirement
- Packing requirement
- Requirement for Quality Assurance
The school food standards of Kinder Academy apply for the entire program, they must provide:
- High-quality meat, poultry or oily fish
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bread, other cereals and potatoes
- BPA free plastic cup for water drinking
- Ceramic cup for milk and juice drinking
- Double layer stainless steel bowl & plate for food storage.
There can’t be:
- Drinks with added sugar, crisps, chocolate or sweets in school meals
What is the style of school’s meals?
Family style meal service is recommended for use in school settings. This type of meal service allows teachers and children to eat together, creating a relaxed environment. Also, this method is ideal for providing a conversational environment where children can not only develop good social skills but can also learn good eating habits.
Characteristics of Family Style Meals
- Food is placed on the table in serving bowls, plates, or baskets.
- There are serving utensils for all food.
- Everyone, including the adult, sits down together and eats the same meal.
- Food is passed from one person to another.
- Everyone serves himself (or receives assistance as needed).
- There is adequate food provided on the table for the children and adults.
- Children may have second helpings.
- Everyone participates in a pleasant social atmosphere.
- There is an opportunity to practice cooperation and respect.